I’ve nothing against retro songs, as long as they remember whom they are paying a homage to. In the track Disco deewane in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year, the ethos and the aura of the original ‘disco-very channel’ were sourced and processed to project a quaint if not exactly classic retro-nostalgia number.
The new song ‘Dil Tere Deewana’ from Indoo(with two ‘o’s) Ki Jawani left me scratching my head wondering what the composer and the choreographer were thinking.The opening of the song is from ShaktiSamanta’s 1964 film Kashmir Ki Kali. It is obvious that neither Advani nor Seal has seen Shammi Kapoor’s original movements and Sharmila Tagore’s coy and captivating responses to them.Hence it’s a free-for-all on screen , a mishmash and mayhem that have no relations whatsoever to the original. The song then moves to a ‘homage’ to Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela.
I’ve news for Ms Advani. Just by wearing a short dress and balancing on a hand cart you don’t become UrmilaMatondkar. There is a lot more to oomph than skin. Likewise there is plenty more to nostalgia than putting the two protagonists in Kashmiri clothes and flailing their limbs.
This is a sad thing to say. But I’m afraid the actors and technicians today are losing grip over the past. The young superstars know nothing about Ashok Kumar and Leela Chitnis.They’ve barely heard of Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal and their favourite classics are no longer Mughal-e-Azam or Pakeezah. Not even Sholay or Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. It’s the Marvel universe that they love the most. Desi be damned.